Bainbridge blotter | Lost driver hits tree

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

5:30 p.m. A delivery van driver was lost with no cell reception, on Tara Lane, a windy tree-lined driveway. He was not paying attention and drove off the road and into a tree. He was not injured, though both the tree’s bark and his van were damaged.

A report was filed.

THURSDAY, MAY 30

11:10 p.m. An island farm owner called police to report a former employee had broken into his previous residence on her property.

The farm owner said she’d hired the man to be a farmhand and that as part of his compensation he had been allowed to live on the property. However, he soon stopped working, refused to sign an employment contract and began to leave for extended periods of time. She finally approached him about it and terminated him, saying he was no longer welcome on the property.

The very next day she discovered the man had left and taken all his belongings with him. She did not see him again for more than week. During that time, police later learned, the man was arrested in Poulsbo for theft and incarcerated for four days.

On May 30, however, he returned to the farm and broke the new locks on his old residence. He left a pile of clothes on the ground and departed in a van with another man, a person the farm owner did not know. She told him once again he was not allowed on the property. They exchanged words and then the men drove away.

The farm owner did not expect the man to return.

A report was filed.

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